How to Grow Herbs Easily


Containers are an excellent way to grow herbs easily, whether you place them inside or outside. Growing herbs---such as rosemary, basil, oregano and thyme---at home provides fresh, tasty accents to everyday meals, adding flavor to chicken, pasta, fish, seafood and salads.


Step 1

Observe how much sunlight your yard (or indoor room) receives during the day. Some herbs require full sun, such as horehound (Marrubium vulgare), while others prefer partial shade, such as lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Indoor herbs require rooms with a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.

Step 2

Visit your local garden center and select herbs based on your preferences and the amount of sunlight available. Select a potting soil with a slow-release fertilizer, as over-fertilizing may result in a decrease of flavor.

Step 3

Choose the style of potting container you desire, taking into account that your herbs will need room to grow and expand. Confirm that the pot has drainage holes in the bottom. Select a 15-inch pot if you will plant more than five herbs per pot.

Step 4

Fill the pot with soil. If needed, add just enough water to moisten the soil.

Step 5

Use your hands or garden shovel to dig holes 2 to 3 inches deep in the pot for the herbs. Confirm there is at least 6 to 8 inches of soil depth under the roots of the herbs. Gently place the herbs in the holes, carefully adding soil around the base of the plant. Spread the soil evenly across the top of the container after the herbs are planted.

Step 6

Place the container in a sunny spot (either indoors or outdoors). Confirm that the container is receiving enough sunlight each day. Make sure to water the herbs according to the instructions found on the herb-identification marker or seed packet.

Step 7

Harvest the herbs by cutting the larger leaves from the plant, allowing the smaller leaves time to mature.

Tips and Warnings

  • Container herbs will dry out quickly if not watered properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Soil


  • North Carolina State University: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardner
  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Herbs in Containers
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Growing Herbs in a Container
  • Penn State Department of Horticulture: Growing Herbs Indoors
  • Purdue University: Growing Herbs

Who Can Help

  • Herb Society of America: Herbal Profiles & Guides
  • National Gardening Association: Edible Landscaping
  • United States National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
  • TheOldFarmer' Plants by Type: Herb
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About this Author

Brandii Lacey began writing in 1997 at "The Mountain Times" in Boone, N.C. Her articles appear on, GardenGuides and eHow Home & Garden. She provides travel and lifestyle content for LIVESTRONG.COM. Lacey is the senior plays editor and on the nonfiction editorial team for "Mused Literary Review" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Appalachian State University.